Our Board of Directors
Philip Smith – Executive Director
- Former Director of Planning and Development, City of Spencer
- Former West Virginia Council Chair and Distinguished Service Award recipient for Trout Unlimited
- Leader on Birthplace of Rivers National Monument Campaign; Conservation Specialist for WV Rivers Coalition
- Fifteen year employee of West Virginia Department of Agriculture
- West Virginia native, cider apple orchardist, and trails advocate
As a seventh generation West Virginian who cherishes the connection between our Appalachian heritage and our natural environment, I believe that idyllic, public spaces like the WVBG are central to our region’s story. The partnership between the public and nature is so impressive here, enhanced by the well-executed gardens and preserved natural areas. I’m grateful to work with an exceptional staff and army of volunteers that are all motivated by a shared connection to this landscape.
Dave Barnett – President
Currently an Independent Sales Representative in the Outdoor Recreation Industry
Active with the Morgantown Tree Board
From Wilmington, Del, resident of West Virginia for 28 years
Worked in the Landscape Industry for 10 years.
WVU Forestry graduate, ISA Certified Arborist
Rod Brundage – Vice President
- Currently employed by West Virginia University, Safety & Health Extension
- Monongalia County Certified Master Gardener, 5+ Years
- President Vantage Pointe Homeowners Association
- Resident of Monongalia County for over 15 Years
Linda Bagby – Secretary
- Retired Professional Landscape Architect
- Active Member of the Morgantown Newcomers Club
- Active Member of Wesley United Methodist Church
- Resident of Morgantown since 1992
Jan Mitchell – Treasurer
- Work with the Board of Education in both Harrison and Preston Counties
- Worked as a Pharmacist at Monongalia General Hospital for 31 years
- Active in the Service League of Morgantown since 1990, currently Treasurer
- Active with the Mon County Master Gardeners since 2000, currently serving as President
- Active with Valley Hills Garden Club 2014-Present, currently Vice President
- West Virginia Garden Club, Landscape Design School Chairman 2016-Present
- Also an active member of the Suncrest United Methodist Church Staff Parrish and Prayer Quilt Ministry
- Writer & photographer; former journalist
- Author, The Climb from Salt Lick: A Memoir of Appalachia, published by West Virginia University Press
- Monongalia County Special Olympics, Executive committee
- WVU Campus Club, Former president,
- Co-owner and board member of
communallyowned farm in Preston County, WV Residentof Morgantown for more than 20 years
I love the botanic garden because it offers different opportunities to different audiences. It is an educational experience for children and adults. It is a beautiful respite from our harried lives. Visitors can explore the intersection of the natural world and cultivated gardens. It is a glorious addition to the Morgantown community.
- Vice President and COO of Biafore Landscape Development
- Certified Professional Horticulturalist with a specialization in herbaceous plants
- West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, Board Member
- West Virginia native
- Communications Specialist, WVU Extension
- WVU Reed College of Media alumna
- West Virginia native
- Resident of Morgantown since 2013
Exploring the West Virginia Botanic Garden is one of my favorite activities here in Morgantown. It’s the perfect place to escape for a bit and recharge in the peaceful surroundings. The educational resources available for all ages at the garden are also hard to beat — there’s truly something for everyone here.
- Assistant Dean of Student & Alumni Services at the WVU School of Nursing
- Native West Virginian and Monongalia Co. resident for 26 years
- U.S. Army veteran
The West Virginia Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to introduce kids to the outdoors. It is a classroom where they can actively participate in the beauty of nature. An absolute WV treasure!
- Educational and Workforce Training Legislative Advocate (Federal and State Levels)
- Former K-12 Bilingual/Special Educator, DC Public Schools and Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools
- Former College Professor specializing in Education and Educational Research for Students of Color and Students with Disabilities (21 years)
- Eagle Scout Mom and Former Board Member, Boy Scouts of America Troop 22, Oakland, MD
- Preston County resident for 15 years
The true treasure that is this garden lies not just in its natural beauty but in its safe, peaceful atmosphere. The peace envelops you and takes you in, whatever your needs, be that walking your dog and getting some exercise, walking in quiet contemplation in our labyrinth, spending quality time with your (grand) kids, or even having a wedding. The garden is a welcoming haven for everyone throughout all of our lives.
- Manager, Creative Services at Mon Health System
- Girls on the Run volunteer & coach
- Leadership Monongalia Graduate
- Florida native, Resident of Morgantown since 2014
I love the West Virginia Botanic Garden because it is a perfect place for friends, family and community. It is a hidden gem in Morgantown and I look forward to helping others find out about our happy place.
- Retired Attorney, Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC
- WVU Law School Adjunct Faculty Member
- Board Member, Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation, Northern WV Pilots’ Association
- Resident of Morgantown in 1960’s and for the past 27 years
- Retired from WVU Foundation
- Former Associate Dean of the WVU College of Law and Associate VP of Institutional Advancement, WVU
- Board member of Oglebay Foundation, Pricketts Fort Foundation, Mylan Park Foundation, U Methodist Foundation of WV, Harless Center Foundation
- Active in Suncrest UMC
- Graduate of WV Wesleyan College
- West Virginia native
Friends told us of the West Virginia Botanic Garden and after our initial visit, we were committed to its future. The WVBG is a special place for visitors of all ages – a hidden jewel with unlimited potential. The Garden is deserving of our support, both financially and through the volunteering of our time. The WVBG helps make the Greater Morgantown Area a wonderful place to live.
- Director, West Virginia University Core Arboretum
- Clinical Assistant Professor, West Virginia University Department of Biology
- Board Member, Friends of the Cheat
- Past Board Member, Brooks Bird Club
- Lifelong resident of West Virginia, lived in Morgantown since 2005
- Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Energy Land Management, WVU
- Actively volunteers with many service projects at WVU
- Current Adviser for WVU ELM Student Association
- Founding member and volunteer for the Mountaineer Chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association
- Resident of Morgantown since 2011
- Executive Director, American Red Cross, Allegheny Highlands Chapter, 2017 to present
- Member of Organizational Leadership Council, West Virginia University, John Chambers College of Business & Economics
- Former coordinator for West Virginia Wilderness Coalition
- Graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and Marshall University
- Yoga instructor and amateur musician
It’s exciting to support the West Virginia Botanic Garden, because it’s a place that cultivates connection with nature, others and self. This type of space is particularly important to provide balance in a world where everyday life is often experienced through digital technologies.
- 10-year elected member of Morgantown City Council
- Former Mayor of Morgantown
- Worked for five years as the Community Design Team Coordination at WVU
- Started an Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site at Suncrest Primary School with WVBG Board Member Linda Bagby and 2 other moms.
- Registered Nurse/Health Educator
- Retired from the Monongalia County Board of Education and Board of Health; WVU School of Community Medicine and School of Nursing – Adjunct Faculty
- Member of the Service League of Morgantown
- Resident of Morgantown since 1970
Frank Scafella, Jr.
- Retired – Morgantown City Council member, former Mayor
- Retired Professor of Landscape Architecture, WVU
- Retired Executive Director of the West Virginia Botanic Garden
Cheryl Carnegie – Executive Assistant
Phil Cole – Site Manager
Dave Davis – Gardener
Dana Larcenaire – Event Sales Manager
I loved exploring the West Virginia Botanic Garden as soon as I moved to Morgantown in 2011. It has been exciting to see the garden grow tremendously over the years. It is incredibly important to have a safe space in nature to hike, learn, adventure, and celebrate. Our community and visitors are very lucky to have the WV Botanic Garden to nurture our need to connect with nature. Aside from the physical and mental benefits the garden provides, it is also the perfect backdrop for special events!
Erin Smaldone – Education Director
Sarah Smith – Volunteer Coordinator
As a Morgantown native and long-time visitor of the West Virginia Botanic Garden, it’s very exciting to see the environmental stewardship, accessibility to nature, growth and the variety of programs that the Garden has brought to our local community. What a treasure it is to have this literally in our backyard! I am excited to see what the future holds for our local community, for the Garden staff and am eager to see our volunteers (the foundation of the Garden) grow as well. I am grateful to join them in these efforts.
Maria Tallman – Environmental Educator
As a wildlife and Fisheries student, I have a love for being outdoors and teaching others about nature. At the garden, I feel so welcomed and I have learned new things everyday! Being able to be in an environment where I can teach others, learn, and relax has been very beneficial to me and I look forward to continuing my experience and growing in the garden!